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Police Major: 'I Don't Want People Living in Fear'

Zone 5 Commander Maj. Chris Leighty addresses recent safety issues.

Around 60 concerned citizens filled a room at Monday night to hear Zone 5 Commander address recent crimes in the Midtown neighborhood, including that occurred over the weekend.

"I know it's a very stressful situation," Leighty said at the meeting, organized by the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance.

"No one takes lightly when people pull guns on you and put them in your face or put them up to your head. That is not something that is tolerable. That is not something that is acceptable."

Leighty said police believe the same suspects are responsible for the recent armed robberies in the neighborhood. He described the suspects as three black males ranging in age from 18 to 23 years old who drive a dark-colored, older model sedan.

"It is going to be the same group of individuals," Leighty said, noting that police believe the suspects are coming from northwest Atlanta since another pedestrian robbery occurred Saturday morning at 700 Marietta Street shortly after the in Midtown.

"What they typically will do is they will steal a car somewhere in Zone 5 ... and they either break into vehicles somewhere else in Zone 5 or they will go out and commit these pedestrian robberies," he said.

Zone 5 covers neighborhoods including Midtown, Home Park, Ansley Park and the downtown area.

Leighty said he believes the Midtown neighborhood is more vulnerable to crime because "every football game in the city this year" is being played at .

He said in the past week there have been 15 pedestrian robberies in Zone 5, as well as a number of car break-ins where 38 laptop computers, 16 GPS systems and 5 handguns were stolen.

"I don't want people living in fear," Leighty said, adding that he has "eight people and a supervisor" dedicated to addressing the recent pedestrian robberies in Midtown. 

He advised people to be aware of their surroundings and to make sure they from their vehicles.

J October 25, 2011 at 08:58 PM
The simple fact of the matter is that nothing is going to change until the apartments on Boulevard are bulldozed. 8 officers dedicated to these recent robberies is great and all, but it's the equivalent of putting a band aid on a hatchet wound. The situation on Boulevard/North/Parkway and the surrounding streets must be addressed before any real and sustained change is possible.
JonC October 25, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I agree that the situation regarding Boulevard is dismal, but they said the perps were most likely from northwest Atlanta aka the people robbing Tech students.
But wait, October 26, 2011 at 02:40 PM
yeah, they said that, but do they really know? they only said that because another mugging occurred shortly after in that area... but that also happens to be near one of the closest waffle houses so... maybe they were just getting their fix and it is completely unrelated to where they live/are coming from
Wavie Davie December 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM
He advised people to be aware of their surroundings and to make sure they remove valuables from their vehicles..... AND carry a loaded weapon. Until a few of these bad guys realize there is more RISK than REWARD to scavenge on innocents, as the economy worsens so will this situation. I will tell you what the good Major is not allowed to while wearing his uniform:"The police are designed to react, no proact. The investigate AFTER the fact. Only LUCK plays into catching a perp 'in the act'. Police patrol presence deters, but it does not prevent crime. Our safety is in our OWN hands. Make sure that hand is steady, and the trigger pressure smooth. Problems have a way of ironing themselves when you have the ability to apply hot lead. Be Safe.

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